Maypole tradition continues

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The tradition of the annual Maypole dance continues this week for Portales High School seniors. For some students it is a family tradition to be a winder, a queen or one of the queen’s attendants. Maypole coordinator Marilyn Stratton said this year they have 72 graduates who are winding […]

Tractor parade: Ag expo tradition

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The antique tractor parade at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds has become a tradition for the annual New Mexico Ag Expo. The parade has been part of the expo for 17 years, according to Tom Davis of Portales who had two tractors in the parade. Herb Newberry, a retired farmer […]

Restaurant hosts annual community dinner

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer El Rancho Restaurant is reaching out with Christmas turkey and posole once again this year. The restaurant is continuing its tradition of serving a free Christmas dinner for the sixth year. The meal is free and open to anyone. “We just get all kinds of people from all walks […]

Household tradition ever changing

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist We have a Christmas tradition at the Terry home that I hate. Each year we toss aside the previous year’s decorations in favor of new ones. My wife has always felt the desire to decorate in a different theme or motif for Christmas every year. Weeks before Thanksgiving she has […]

Getting to know: Volunteer carries on leadership tradition

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Joy Levacy, co-owner of Levacy Sprinklers Inc. on N.M. 267, has served as the organizational leader of the Winners’ Circle 4-H Club for five years and is the secretary of the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. She is stepping down as the Winners Circle leader, but plans to continue helping the club for another […]

Veterans Day tradition continues

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer “…The land of the free and the home of the brave.” The 63rd annual Portales Veterans Day ceremony next Wednesday features a speech by Cannon Air Force Base wing commander Col. Stephen A. Clark, as well as Donald Paschke of Portales singing the National Anthem for the 45th year. […]

Wool tradition continued

By Karl Terry: PNT special writer Wool is back in style at the Roosevelt County Fair. After a hiatus of several years, the Shepherd’s Lead returned during the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair. Young ladies and their lambs continued the revived tradition Saturday at the fair with entries in three classes. The competition uses models classed […]

Some fair traditions fade, others still going strong

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Whatever new-fangled innovations might be present in the exhibits or on the midway, the Roosevelt County Fair is like many other county fairs across the nation: a bastion of tradition. On entry day in Portales, when local residents officially enter livestock, food, crafts and more for competition, the vanguard of the past was there to […]

Business naming tradition dates back decades

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plain 1.a. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. b. A broad level expanse. That residents of Clovis and Portales live in the high plains, there’s little doubt. The New Mexico-Texas border area known as the Llano Estacado, literally translated as “staked plain,” is not only high in […]

PHS seniors carry on Maypole tradition

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent Over the past eight decades, the full-hooped vintage style Maypole dresses worn by graduating senior girls at Portales High School have gradually moved from light pastel colors to brighter rainbow hues with more bling. One thing that has not changed during the span of this long-time tradition which is now […]